Overview


In a sweeping and vivid survey, renowned historian Bernard Lewis charts the history of the Middle East over the last 2,000 years, from the birth of Christianity through the modern era, focusing on the successive transformations that have shaped it. Elegantly sritten, scholarly yet accessible, The Middle East is the most comprehensive single volume history of the region ever written from the world's foremost authority on the Middle East.
Read More ...
See more details below
The Middle East

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.11
BN.com price

Overview


In a sweeping and vivid survey, renowned historian Bernard Lewis charts the history of the Middle East over the last 2,000 years, from the birth of Christianity through the modern era, focusing on the successive transformations that have shaped it. Elegantly sritten, scholarly yet accessible, The Middle East is the most comprehensive single volume history of the region ever written from the world's foremost authority on the Middle East.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A noted Middle East historian, Lewis (Islam and the West, LJ 5/1/93) has written a 2000-year history of a region stretching from Libya to Central Asia. He concludes with the effects of the Gulf War and the entry into negotiations of the PLO and the government of Israel. Beginning his history before the rise of Christianity and Islam, Lewis seeks to illuminate the connections between the ancient Middle East and the modern region. He outlines the histories of pre-Islamic Arabia and the two great empires of Sasanid Persia and Byzantium. These entities formed the backdrop for the rise of the Prophet Muhammed and the formation of the Islamic polity. Lewis concentrates on the cultural, social, and economic changes in the region while keeping the political narrative to a minimum. He includes many direct quotations from a variety of contemporary sources to highlight a given period and place, providing an immediacy of experience not offered by conventional narrative or analysis. Highly recommended.-Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Jay Freeman
For more than 50 years, Lewis has strived mightily and successfully to explain the cultures and histories of Middle Eastern peoples to Western readers. The task of writing a political history of the region has already been fulfilled by him and by many others. In his latest work, Lewis has chosen to accentuate the social, economic, and cultural changes that have occurred over 20 centuries. He ranges from seemingly trivial concerns (changes in dress and manners in an Arab coffeehouse) to earth-shaking events (the Mongol conquest of Mesopotamia) in painting a rich, varied, and fascinating portrait of a region that is steeped in traditionalism while often forced by geography and politics to accept change. As always, Lewis is eloquent, incisive, and displays an intuitive grasp of the social dynamics of the culture he describes. Both scholars and general readers with an interest in the Middle East will find this work a delight.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439190005
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 626,138
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Bernard Lewis
Bernard Lewis
The Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University -- dubbed "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies," by The New York Times -- Islam expert Bernard Lewis has raised both awareness levels and eyebrows with topical bestsellers like What Went Wrong? and The Crisis of Islam.
Read More Show Less
    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 31, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Before Christianity 21
2 Before Islam 33
3 Origins 51
4 The 'Abbasid Caliphate 75
5 The Coming of the Steppe Peoples 86
6 The Mongol Aftermath 102
7 The Gunpowder Empires 111
8 The State 133
9 The Economy 157
10 The Elites 179
11 The Commonalty 205
12 Religion and Law 218
13 Culture 244
14 Challenge 273
15 Change 286
16 Response and Reaction 305
17 New Ideas 315
18 From War to War 332
19 From Freedom to Freedom 357
Notes 388
Bibliographical Note 394
Note on Calendars 397
Chronology 399
Maps 407
Index 419
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 17 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    good book

    for those interested in the subject

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    A Tough read!!

    As I first started reading this book, I realized that it was definitely well put together. The research and accuracy is definitely entertaining. However, this book is not for any student looking for a quick lesson on Middle East history. The descriptions and chapters are long and at times cover alot of material that can make you sleepy after a long day. The chapters touch the origins of many empires, religions and modern day issues. This may not be the book for someone wanting to start learning about Mid-East culture from scratch. I have to say this writing does include vocabulary, mainly arabic words. I found this to be helpful in learning a few new words. Overall the book is good if you want accurate information. Just be prepared for alot of information and make sure to have coffee in the house.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    The Definitive Overview

    Prof. Lewis begins with the Roman and Persian Empires to lay the foundation for this sweeping history of the Middle East. Given the range of area and the span of time, it can only be but an overview history--but his command of the dates, people, and places which made the history of this area is unparalleled. He is neither an apologist for the Arab peoples, like Edward Said or John Esposito, nor a hasty critic. He is a great historian.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    Going beyond Byzantium

    I'm not a noted historian, yet was interested in the world's history both before and after the birth of Christ. History on the mideast was not something I studied. It was a wrestling match to pick apart the Mid East history to 637 CE, but so interesting to learn about Persia, Parthians or Parthinians, Meso-Potamia, and Cyrus and Alexander the Greats. I've yet to read about the rise of Islam given Conquest by Arabia to the advanced organization and adjustment of Islam to do.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Ren Joseph

    Within the orientalists intellectual circle, Benard Lewis is considered a heretical historian within the topics of Islam and the Middle East and because of his educational bias from Israel, he attacks the Arabs and Islam. His dangerous ideology calls for the destruction of Islam by the Western powers. Edward Said, in his book Orientalism points out the idiotic ideas and points by that of Mr Lewis. While some right wing propandists may hold him high in respect, many intellectuals consider him on the other end of great monumentals such as Edward Said and John L. Esposito.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    brilliant survey

    This is the best survey of Middle Eastern history now available, by the most distinguished living Orientalist. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the Islamic world.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 17 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)